Hard Sci-Fi Connoiseur.
While so many authors are going for weighty, dark, intricate characters and storylines Erin weaves a truly magical tale which is complimented by perhaps the best narration I've ever heard. There are some shades of Niel Gaimon in here but Erin's voice is certainly her own. Pretty unbelievable that this is her first book. One of the few stories I've heard in a long time that evokes wonder again.
An excellent audiobook! Probably among my top ten! This was the perfect narrator for this book! I was constantly impressed by his style.
This story was fascinating on several levels: the visual beauty of the circus, the relationships between Alexander, Marcos, Celia and Hector, the social ramifications and aspects of the circus and the "outsiders" who become entangled in it. I felt the author did an excellent job of presenting situations that had no clear cut solutions. She showed the flaws inherent in every decision without passing judgement on them.
I would love to take Sukiko to dinner. Her "objective" view of the competition, with the knowledge of how it is designed and run, would provide endless conversation. And I would love to hear more about her own challenge and her training and her life after its conclusion.
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It's like no book I have ever read
There were many good scenes
I was compelled to read every day.
Circus magic love
I liked how the story felt. Not the actual plot and junk, but the feeling was amazing.
Everything Jim Dale reads it brought to life. It probably wouldn't have been as interesting without Jim Dale. He himself is magic.
I guess the end when I said wait what.
I don't even like circus settings but this book was freaking magical. Seriously.
Once I started listening to this book, I felt as if I had been transported into it. The language paints a vivid, extraordinary world that I found myself not wanting to turn off. The characters were magical, yet real. The story intriguing and romantic.
This is my new favorite book! The story started out a bit slow. When it picked up, it took flight! I couldn't stop listening. The narration was perfect. I can't wait to see what Erin Morgenstern comes out with next!
I love a good story no matter what kind it is, and to me a good story is more that just good grammar, tight structure, colorful characters, or intricate plots. A good story makes a reader care about it.
I love stories about magic. I love stories about wizards. The Harry Potter series has been an all-time favorite listen of mine for the last five or six years, and in it magic is a way of life, clever in its execution. The Dresden Files is perhaps the best urban fantasy series I read, and the magic here is impressive, overwhelming, and as varied as it is powerful. In "The Night Circus," however, magic has never been so....well, magical! It is innocent, creative, and beautiful; it is deep, mysterious, and powerful.
To boil it down to its most basic level, the story is nothing more than a battle between two opposing forces with the innocent caught in between. But this far from a common tale and far from conventional ideas. The fight is between two masters of different styles of magic, forever dueling to see which is the best. The weapons are their two students, unknown to each other, ignorant of the rules, and unaware of the stakes. The battleground is the Night Circus itself, each contestant adding another circus attraction more elaborate and marvelous than the last in a challenge of one-upsmanship. Caught in the middle are the patrons of the Night Circus who come for an evening of entertainment but find themselves entranced by the grandeur and wonder of the magic they only secretly believed was real. The tension rises as it becomes increasingly clear how the fight must inevitably be decided and the cost of winning and losing is understood.
There is little action to speak of. There are no epic showdowns between characters filled with the power to sunder the earth. There are no wands waved or staves whirled overhead to direct dazzling energies of destruction. But the conflict is still just as terrible and dangerous. Erin Morgenstern has created a truly enchanting world and Jim Dale's narration transported me directly into the heart of the Night Circus. Like so many who had visited the place in the book, I too wanted to wander from tent to tent and marvel at the wonders I know I would find. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well-crafted and well-told story, regardless if they like stories about magic or not.
This book was truly magical and fun. I really enjoyed recognizing much the symbolism and foreshadowing but it was not too obscure or too in your face. I would recommend this book to anyone.
The descriptions of the The Night Circus were sumptuous and fantastic. I loved the details of about the circus acts and the worlds contained within the tents. I felt the chapters told as if you were at the circus were a bit annoying and disruptive, but on the whole I enjoyed this book and loved Jim Dale's narration.
I have not ready the print version
Each time we see how Celia and Marco create things in the circus for one-another.
I really enjoyed Celia - I loved her natural ability and grace and identified with her insecurities.
Very much - I'd turn the story on even if I only had a few minutes to listen, and it distracted me from things I should have been doing.
A well crafted story with interesting characters. I felt like a Muggle getting a hint that true magic might actually exist, even if I am not aware of it in my daily life. Delightful!